Five arrested for robberies

February 21, 2009 9:39:34 AM PST
Police work lands five men accused of robbing gas stations along Interstate 95. Halifax County Sheriff's tell Eyewitness News that the five men approached the Oasis gas station at exit 168 on I-95, and attempted to rob the gas station and a Dunkin' Donuts shop, but did not get any money.

The men then left and went to the next gas station, an Exxon in Enfield. There, they were able to get away with close to $500. But deputies said since they had been made aware of the previous robbery attempt, they were on their way to the Enfield Exxon.

When Deputies arrived, the men were exiting the Exxon, and a chase ensued.

The chase began on I-95 southbound, went back northbound when the robbery suspects crossed the median, and ended after a Highway Patrol Trooper used stop sticks, which eventually stopped the vehicle, after it crashed into a guardrail.

One suspect was arrested; the other five ran into the woods.

After a canine officer arrived, all four remaining suspects gave themselves up. There were no injuries. All five men are being held in the Halifax County jail under separate $200,000 bonds.

Their first appearances are set for March 3.

Halifax Deputies think that these men may have been responsible for robbing several gas stations over the last few weeks, up and down I-95 in Virginia and North Carolina.

The men are all from Virginia. They are all charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, one count of possession of a stolen vehicle, as the car they were in was stolen out of Virginia. Two counts each of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, and one count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The driver, Rodric Ruffin, was charged with fleeing to elude arrest, resisting a public officer and driving with a revoked license.

The other four men have been identified as Troy Beasley, Cory Berryman, Jayson Middleton and Joshua Middleton. The men came out of the woods after the canine arrived on scene, because they said, they would have gotten bitten, so they came out before the dog was released.


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